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who is the best?

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who is the best?

We want to visit Guernsey/Normandy in August or September 2011. Who is the best travel agent-type for this? Do we just go to our local AAA?

Any thoughts on the best length of stay? --or things we must do?

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1. Re: who is the best?

Is this part of a longer stay in France? How flexible are you? Do you want to bring a car? (traffic is on the left in Guernsey....)

End of August/beginning of September is usually a nice time to go.

If you're not bringing a car, there's no real need to pre-book a transfer by Ferry....Personally, I think a week might be a nice place to start

as for must-do's:

The cliffs, Victor Hugo's house, a day trip to both Sark and Herm (choose nice days with not too much wind, esp for the last one)

I'd suggest visiting the north and west coast as well...

In your hotel, you;ll find leaflets with all the other attractions, so you can pick out things that you might like.

I'd suggest travelling by bus, it's fun and efficient.

As for a hotel, that you had better pre-book, as this is a popular time of the year

What are you preferences? Posh, budget, coast, cliffs, inland or city? selfcatering is also an option....

i.e.: I'd bypass the AA...^_^

EDIT: too many typos

Edited: 09 January 2011, 10:04
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2. Re: who is the best?

....and the AAA as well... ;)

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3. Re: who is the best?

You could book everything yourself online.

For information on flights in/out Guernsey:

www.guernsey-airport.gov.gg/routes.html

and here's a link to the Guernsey Tourist Board web-site where you'll find lots of information on accommodation, events, and things to see/do:

http://www.visitguernsey.com/

I don't know if there are any "must-see" things in Guernsey, but here are a few places that I think sum up our beautiful Island and are also of historical interest/significance:

http://www.victorhugo.gg/hauteville-house/

http://www.sausmarezmanor.co.uk/

http://www.museum.guernsey.net/castle.htm

One of the most significant events in recent history was the Occupation during World War Two. If you've read Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Book, you'll know a few basic facts. For information and sites that can be visited:

http://www.occupied.guernsey.net/

I'd recommend visiting one of the Islands: Herm or Sark. They can only be reached by boat from St Peter Port. Both are peaceful with beautiful scenery. Herm is small enough to walk around - there are no cars on the Island. Sark again is small enough to walk around or you can hire bikes or horse and carriage with guide. Sark has no cars, only tractors.

http://www.herm.com/

http://www.sark.info/

The main town of St Peter Port in Guernsey has some nice shops, and a good range of restaurants and cafes. There is a big emphasis on seafood and continental cuisine.

There are a couple of well regarded jewellers on the Island, where you can pick up a souvenir of your visit. Items to suit all budgets:

Bruce Russell is located behind the airport and has several designs incorporating local things such as flowers, the Guernsey milk can, and Guernsey ormer. There's also a nice cafe on site, plus a short nature walk:

http://www.bruce-russell.com/

and Catherine Best sells a range of jewellery including her own designs:

http://www.catherinebest.com/

The "jewel" in Guernsey's crown has to be the Cliffs which run along the south coast of Guernsey, starting at La Vallette on the southern edge of St Peter Port and running all the way to the south-west corner of the island at Pleinmont. Some of my photos:

flickr.com/photos/…

And if you're visiting in the summer, there are lots of local activities going on, including the North Show, the Torteval Scarecrow Weekend (last 2 days of July 2011), and Rocquaine Regatta, to name but three:

http://www.guernseynorthshow.org.gg/

www.cwgsy.net/community/torteval.scarecrows/

thisisguernsey.com/entertainment/…

Oh - there's so much happening in Guernsey this summer, that I've probably forgotten alot! Keep an eye on this website, plus the Visit Guernsey web-site linked above:

http://www.heritageguernsey.com/events/

If you're travelling between Guernsey and France (Normandy), the easiest and quickest way would be to fly between Guernsey and Dinard (Brittany) and collect a rental car. Aurigny operate the route. Be warned: the planes are tiny: just 1 pilot, whom you can see from your seat, as there's no separate cockpit in the plane. These planes have operated for many years between the Channel Islands and France and give you a real sense of flying:

http://www.aurigny.com/

Dinard is a very small airport, but it does have at least one rental company; Avis:

http://www.dinardairport.net/

http://www.dinard.com/en/aeroport-dinard.html

If you're travelling up to Normandy to visit the WW2 sites, then I recommend you arrange accommodation as soon as possible, as it gets very busy during the summer months.

If you don't want to arrange flights/accommodation yourself, then you might be better organising this part of your travel through a Guernsey agent who knows the area and transport links intimately, rather than using a travel agent half way across the world who may not be aware of local transport links.

These companies have all be in business for many years and are experienced in worldwide travel:

http://www.wayfarerstravel.co.uk/index.asp

Hot Mango Travel:

email: enquiry@hotmangotravel.com

telephone: +44 1481 247878

World Travel, Maison Saumarez, Castel:

www.guernseychamber.com/index.php…

telephone: +44 1481 252211

:-)

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4. Re: who is the best?

p.s.

I should mention these events in particular:

Outdoor Theatre At Castle Cornet (12-21 August)

An opportunity to enjoy a picnic and a play in the surroundings of Castle CornetL great fun!

www.visitguernsey.com/events/detail.aspx…

Battle of Britain Air Display (09-11 September 2011)

(I'm a bit doubtful about the date on the website as the air display always takes place on a Thursday morning, so possibly it's 8th or 15th September. I'll try to check!)

www.visitguernsey.com/events/detail.aspx…

2011 Proms on the Pier

A free event that takes place on the Albert Pier in St Peter Port, including a link up with the Albert Hall in London for Last Night of the Proms:

www.visitguernsey.com/events/detail.aspx…

and finally, here's a link to our Concert Hall in the beautiful Church of St James. No information yet for the summer, but keep an eye on the website.

http://www.stjames.gg/index.php

It is at St James that you can view the Millennium Tapestry:

http://www.stjames.gg/tapestry.php

:-)

Edited: 10 January 2011, 14:49
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